Transgender Magician Cancels Wyoming Shows After Death Threats

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday July 19, 2021
Originally published on July 19, 2021

Mikayla Oz
Mikayla Oz  (Source:Instagram / @mikaylaoz)

After being outed as a transgender woman, magician Mikayla Oz canceled a series of planned shows at a public library in Gillette, Wyoming, reports K2 News.

Oz was reportedly set to perform at the Campbell County Public Library before she and staff began receiving death threats, forcing her to cancel.

"It was a hundred percent age-appropriate," Oz told K2 News about the canceled shows. "It was supposed to be a fun, family-friendly show. I have a bird, his name is Bubbles. He usually appears and vanishes throughout the whole entire show. It was going to be a good time. I was supposed to do six shows and, unfortunately, that's not happening."

Oz has appeared on "Penn & Teller: Try This at Home," Travel Channel's "Magic Caught on Camera," and has featured in various publications. She performs a variety of different types of shows, from birthday parties and after-prom gigs to family shows, college shows, stand-up sets, and more.

She has also taken to doing virtual magic shows amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, it was the pandemic that initially stalled Oz performing in Wyoming for the first time.

"It was the year before the pandemic and I was doing a library showcase," she said. "I believe a couple people from the Wyoming community saw me perform and really liked what I did and they really wanted to hire me to do an event."

In addressing Oz's canceled shows, the library shared the following statement: "With great regret, regret shared by Campbell County Public Library System, Oz canceled her programs in Gillette and Wright due to safety concerns for herself, library staff, and library patrons. Oz' transgender identity was shared on a social media post made by a Gillette citizen. From there, misinformation about the performances was spread via social media and a call to protest the events was made by a group of citizens. The cancellation came after threats were made directly to Oz and to library staff."

Nonetheless, Oz assures that nothing will stop her from sharing her magic.

"I first started magic when I was like 4 years old," Oz told K2 News. "I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. I actually got started by seeing a magician at a library. In that magic show that I saw, the magician encouraged kids to go check out the magic books [at the library] to kind of get started, and that's exactly what I did."